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Dryden ends season with 32-23 road win



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October 24, 2007
DRYDEN — The Dryden varsity football team closed out their 2007 campaign with a 32-23 road triumph against non-league counterpart Burr Oak last Saturday afternoon.

With the result, Dryden winds up as owners of a 5-4 mark. Burr Oak finishes at 0-9.

"It is good to finish the season with a win," Dryden Coach Brian Tresnak said. "Our two main goals this season were to win and get everyone in the game," he emphasized.

"We are a close knit group at Dryden and we stress the "One Team" concept to our junior varsity and varsity. We struggled with numbers at the end of the season, so it was nice to be able to get the junior varsity kids some playing time in the fourth quarter this week. Every young man in the program has contributed to what we have accomplished this season. We improved every week and I am happy we finished strong and got the winning record. This year's seniors have been great to work with. Travis Litkovitz especially has been a rock for us both ways and it is going to be tough to replace him on and off the field. He is a four-year letterman and we have been lucky enough to coach him since he was in seventh grade."

In Saturday's matchup, Dryden jumped out to a commanding 26-0 lead after one quarter was history.

That was followed by a scoreless second quarter.

When the action resumed, Burr Oak bounced back with a 7-6 third quarter edge.

That made it 32-7, Dryden, at the 36-minute mark.

Burr Oak then outscored Dryden by a 16-0 count from that point on, only to fall by a 32-23 count at game's end.

Dryden produced their winning 32-point total aided by a Cody Paupert one-yard touchdown run (followed by a Wes Jonik PAT tote); a Jonik safety; a Jonik one-yard touchdown run (followed by a Jonik PAT tote); a Jonik 43-yard touchdown run (followed by an Eric Tietz PAT tote); and a Jonik three-yard touchdown run.

For the contest, Paupert finished one of one passing for 20 yards as Dryden's quarterback.

Evan Crean had the lone Dryden reception.

The Dryden ground game added 284 yards on 62 totes.

Individually, Jonik led Dryden. He rushed the ball 22 times for 144 yards. Tietz (72 yards on 16 totes), Paupert (nine rushes for 34 yards), Allen Clark (27 yards on 10 totes) and Kevin Wasmund (five rushes for 12 yards) supported his performance.

Clark (three solos and 12 assists) paced the Dryden defense. He was backed by Nathan Forrest (one solo and seven assists), Matt Lynch (three solos and four assists), Chris Peters and Litkovitz (one solo and five assists each), Crean (one solo and four assists), Joey Battisti (two solos and two assists), Craig Buoncompagno, Brandon Gierman and Adam Barnier (one solo and three assists apiece), Frank Calabro (four assists), Mike Lavalla and Tietz (three assists each), Zach Ulman and Jonik (one solo and one assist apiece), Ray Peka (two assists) plus Nick Vicari and Wasmund (one assist each).

The Dryden defense also notched one takeaway. Tietz (a fumble recovery) provided that.

Sports Editor, Kevin Kissane has been covering sports for the Tri-City Times for over 20 years and is one of the most recognizable personalities in the area. Kevin when not covering anything from little league baseball to football, or softball to basketball, can be found on the links playing his favorite sport, golf.
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